Six hundred seventy-three persons have taken free COVID-19 tests at the drive thru testing center at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on Monday, July 20.
The center is the second drive thru testing site opened by the Manila City government this week. The first one was launched at the Andres Bonifacio Monument.
Manila Health Department (MHD) data showed 586 of those who got tested only wanted “peace of mind.” Only 46 reported that they were exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case, while 12 said they had COVID-19 symptoms.
With two drive thru testing sites, Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso hopes to accommodate as many as possible in line with their mass testing efforts.
Domagoso said tests can be availed for free by both Manilans and non-Manilans. Only a valid ID is required to get tested.
“We tried to make it simplier and easier as much as possible,” Domagoso said.
“We wanted to approach this in an inclusive manner because COVID-19 is a universal problem. We want to open our boundaries and approach this universally,” he said.
On the same day, the Manila City government launched its first walk-in testing center at the Ospital ng Sampaloc.
Like the two drive thru testing sites, the walk-in testing center is also open to both Manilans and non-Manilans.
More walk-in testing centers will be opened in the following hospitals: Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center, Ospital ng Tondo, Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital and Ospital ng Maynila.